There she is: our Oscar winner Viola Davis!
The Fences star is still riding high from her win at the 2017 Academy Awards. The star is now reflecting on her journey to Hollywood success and the struggles of her childhood.
“The only picture I have of my childhood is the picture of me in kindergarten,” the Oscar winner told People. “I have this expression on my face — it’s not a smile, it’s not a frown. I swear to you, that’s the girl who wakes up in the morning and who looks around her house and her life saying, ‘I cannot believe how God has blessed me.’“
“I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me,” the 51-year-old star continued. “Our environment, our physical space reflected our income: the boards were coming off the walls…shoddy plumbing and no phone and no food and rats and all of that. That very much was visible to me.”
She added, “I chose from a very young age that I didn’t want that for my life. And it very much has helped me appreciate and value the things that are in my life now because I never had it. A yard, a house, great plumbing, a full refrigerator, things that people take for granted, I don’t.”